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fishnkmp

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My baby has a new partner!
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:28:36 PM »
Well I have had issues with my factory trailer under my 2010 Lowe Stinger 170, a 17 1/2 foot long aluminum bass boat powered by my Merc 75 2 stroke outboard. The trailer has never fit the boat well and there was limited options to improve it. It turns out Lowe ordered the trailer directly from Karavan, but changed ot the fenders, and added steps and such to make it look like a Ranger trailer.  They failed miserably, you could not even power load the boat even with a 75 hp outboard.
Fast forward we now intend to fish tidal more frequently.  I decided the best thing to do was sell the trailer for $300 and purchase a new Load Rite galvanized trailer. We chose one with a higher weight rating, slick bunk coverings, led lights, a torsion axle, 5 foot long sideboards and lighted guide posts, as well as a spare tire and rim. Finally, I had Dave's trailer do the fit and add a swing tongue kit.  This setup is awesome.  For the first time this boat is cradled properly and it should be easy to launch and load the boat. It turns out teh old setup had the axle mounted about 10 inches too far back, it looked good but caused too much tongue weight.


Here is a few things I learned during this process. Perhaps someone here is debating about what to do to improve their towing experience. First you have to decide if you are going to update your trailer or replace it. Either way the next thing you need to decide is if you need the trailer to look "fancy" like the OEM trailers, or if you are looking to build a trailer that will be easy to use no matter the current or wind conditions. Those of us that fish tidal waters deal with changing conditions daily.  I chose to have the lighted guide posts installed in the rear. These post will help initially guide the boat onto the bunks and also have 2 sets of super bright LED lights inside the top caps.  The rear set is red and the front side are yellow.  You can really see them well, even during daylight. They are about 6 inches taller than my outboards top cowling hood. They will definitely aid in changing lanes while driving in low light conditions. I launch on some dark and steep ramps.
Next I had 5 foot long sideboards installed. They are centered over the axle pretty much. These will also help keep the boat aligned as you go further on the bunks. I chose the factory slick bunk coverings, but I have used the Tie Down bunk kit before and really liked it. They make the boat move on the trailer much easier.  Be aware if you go that route do not unhook your trailer winch strap until the boat enters the water, I have seen boats slip off the trailer on a steep ramp. I never did this before but the trailer tongue weight should be about 7% of the total weight on the trailer.  It should be adjusted properly handle well. I had a new set of Boat Buckles installed, these were the ones with stainless hardware-a no brainer!
Check your winch.Both of these trailers come with a 1000 pound winch. I chose to upgrade to a Fulton F2 1600 pound winch and strap.  I chose a very heavy duty Knott brand  trailer jack. It has a larger than usual dolly wheel. This is probably 8 inches in diameter. I was figuring that the lawn mowers that have big wheels move easier over rough terrain, so this may help on the stone area I keep my boat at.


Even if you are not going to make major mods to your trailer this is a good time to do some safety inspections. When was the last time you pulled your hubs and cleaned and inspected the bearings? Plan on installing new seals and replace the bearings and races as needed. They are cheap compared to the cost of a failure.  r.Speaking about failures, I recommend you totally inspect your trailer frame for rust or cracks once a year. Take some time and check the torque on every bolt on the trailer as well. Check your lights. If you are still running the old style lights consider replacing the lights with LED lights, they are so much brighter. Heck you could add some white leds for backup lights.  Inspect and replace the entire wiring harness if it needs it too.  This may take you a day or two but it will not cost you as much as a failure on the highway! It might even save someone's life.Here are some pics. Enjoy the boat porn! ;D








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fishnkmp

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Re: My baby has a new partner!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 10:31:07 PM »
Here are a few more pics :)






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Re: My baby has a new partner!
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 07:22:58 AM »
Beauty of a trailer!